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March of the penguin love triangle

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Penguin They aren't the infamous Tango's dads (we'll get to that later) but the forces opposing same-sex marriage see vindication in nature--or at least in the San Francisco Zoo, where a couple of male penguins who formed a long partnership have split.

Harry and Pepper shared a burrow together for six years, even hatching a surrogate chick, until Linda the widow came along, newly bereaved by her (male) partner Fig's death and Harry decided to, uh, chase some tail. The two burrowed in together and Linda laid two eggs.

A sign that gay couples are doomed, as the Proposition 8 supporters claim? Let's check 3,000 miles acorss the continent where a much more famous pair of male penguins live at the Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo not only hatched an egg together, and raised baby Tango, but they all became characters, alternately celebrated and maligned, in the children's book "And Tango Makes Three." The zoo never got back to me with official word about the ornithological literary figures, but an employee told me informally that the two are still alive and well and together. But their book has been banned in numerous schools.

So this makes what of the whole argument about same-sex marriage for humans? Perhaps only a reminder that penguins do not seem as inclined to judge their peers' preferences as humans are.

Photo of two king penguins who are cute but not Harry, Pepper, Roy or Silo by Martin Meissner/AP 

 

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Human

Well you are lying. Silo and Roy split long time ago, and Silo went with a female penguin named Scrappy.

Gaydad05

"Perhaps only a reminder that penguins do not seem as inclined to judge their peers' preferences as humans are."

Please, please, please -- it's an "orientation" not a "preference." You can change your preference, not your orientation. Therein lies the fundamental dilemma of gay folks seeking civil rights progress: we are referred to in language that characterizes who we are as something that is mutable, even capricious. My taste in men has changed over my lifetime, but never my desire FOR men.

ghostfear

why we care what animal do? Animal practice incest, cannibalism, rape, and other natural stuff. That does not make it right for human consumption. Justifying homosexuality with cases of such existence in animal kingdom is just plain dumb. Life is not just about today, life is about continued existence. Homosexuals are opposite of regeneration of life. It is against life itself, that is why vast majority of culture find it wrong and unacceptable. By definition homosexuals can not be the norm, it threatens the very existence of human existence. There are all kinds of human deviations, tolerance does not make it normal.

Greling

Homosexuals are as much "against life" as Jesus, Paul and Roman Catholic priests are. Celibacy does nothing for the human species.

Viagra Online

In my opinion when animal comes to has this behavior is because they share too much time together not as many people says to justify their sexuality that even the nature do that.


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